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CHCI Medical Humanities Network

Research Projects

Symposia and Lecture Series

Focus Project: Aging

  • Age and the Body

    University of the Witwatersrand, Wiser

    Goal: Exploring attitudes toward aging and researching a range of medical responses to the facts of aging and death, by collecting narratives from the elderly that record and reflect on 20th century sexual practices, organ and transplant histories, chronic illness, neuro states, and pathographies, all the while including ordinary South Africans and analyses of two notable South Africans—Christiaan Barnard and Nelson Mandela.

  • Aging and its Tropes

    Columbia University

    Goal: The Columbia University project on aging “Aging and its Tropes” focuses on the study of “aging” as a concern brought together at the interface of elderly experience, care, and questions of social justice, as it brings together the medical and the carceral. Our research and discursive sites comprise both “complete and total institutions” and non-institutional settings: the hospital, the prison, the arts, the street.

  • Border Crossing, Piloting, Aging

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Goal: Questioning the received notion of Chinese culture as particularly reverent toward the elderly through a rigorous examination of the historical record, while studying how attitudes and behavior toward the elderly have changed over the past fifty years.

  • Culture and the Reproduction of Myths About Aging

    King's College London

    Goal: Surveying the extent to which recent memoirs concerned with old age contest Western stereotypes and how far they reinforce them. How can social innovation help redress institutionally ingrained patterns? And how might Western society use memoir more effectively to engage with the realities of old age?

  • Falls Narrative Study

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Goal: Examine how older adults narrate falls by collecting and analyzing narratives about falls written by older adults.

  • Medical Humanities: Diverse Inquiries

    Dartmouth College

    Goal: To emphasize collaborations between the liberal arts, medical education, and clinical care.

Research Collaborations

  • Creative Health Collaborations

    Arizona State University

    Goal: Creative Health Collaborations is a hub at ASU that will develop and foster transdisciplinary, integrated appraoches to health. Partners: Mayo Clinic in Arizona, King's College and the University of New South Wales (PLuS Alliance), and Dublin City University.

  • Evolution of Child Health Interventions in Tanzania

    University of Dar es Salaam

    Goal: To examine the evolution of public health interventions which households, communities, states and Christian Missions devised to improve the welfare and survival of children in Tanzania from the late pre-colonial period in the 1850s to 2010.

  • Health Humanities Initiative

    Arizona State University

    Goal: Developing research capacity, bringing humanities programming to the clinic, and training residents in focused humanities electives. Collaborators: Center for Huamnities in Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

  • Health and Medical Humanities Initiatives at the University of Texas-Austin

    University of Texas at Austin

    Goal: To develop a variety of medical and health humanities programming at our University, with the long-range goal of establishing a health and humanities center under the aegis of the UT-Humanities Institute in collaboration with Dell Medical School.

  • Synapsis: A Journal of Health Humanities

    Columbia University

    Goal: Online journal in medical and health humanities, co-edited by Dr. Arden Hegele and Dr. Rishi Goyal. Visit us at medicalhealthhumanities.com

  • The Past, Present and Future of US Global Health Partnerships in Africa

    University of Washington

    Goal: This projet connects diverse faculty and international speakers to examine "partnership" as a programmatic priority and affective ideal in global health initiatives between the United States and African countries, and beyond. Details: simpsoncenter.org/mat

  • Transitions: Living and Dying Well

    University of Tennessee

    Goal: To teach students about the meaning of death and the dead for the living, over time and across cultures; about the significance to human communities (past and present) of care; and about the often invisible emotional and psychological labor that care entails.

  • colLAB: Bridging East Africa's Digital Health Divides

    University of Kansas

    Goal: This humanities-based lab explores how virtual resources are transforming the ways East Africans experience health, global connections, and socila change. Partners include Community Tool Box and Mufindi Orphans.

Curriculum Development

Summer Institutes

  • 2019 CHCI Medical Humanities Institute: Health Beyond Borders

    Columbia Global Centers | Paris

    Goal: June 14-15 at Columbia Global Centers | Paris (Reid Hall). Program goals are to promote discussion about how borders shape global health, medical practice, and humanistic representation and expression. The Summer Institute will be followed by a Graduate Symposium on June 17-19.

  • 2018 CHCI Medical Humanities Institute: Neurodiversities

    Duke University

    Goal: October 26-27 at Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University. For details, see conference webpage: https://fhi.duke.edu/events/neurodiversities

  • 2017 CHCI Medical Humanities Institute: Global Health

    University of Miami

    Goal: May 19-20, 2017, at the University of Miami in Florida. Program goals are to promote discussion about global health and medical humanities for practitioners.

  • 2016 CHCI Medical Humanities Institute

    King's College London

    Goal: June 26, 2016 - June 27, 2016, Kings College London. Goal is to promote robust conversation about medical humanities research and the development of degree programs.

  • 2015 CHCI Medical Humanities Institute

    Dartmouth College

    Goal: July 12-14, 2015, Dartmouth University. Gathered scholars and practitioners in medical humanities to discuss research being done under this rubric in a number of disciplines.